Recent Posts by Jeff Cochran

Busting Growth Barriers

Every ministry faces growth barriers. No church grows all the time without facing a plateau or season of struggles. The question isn’t if we will face growth barriers, it’s what will we do when they come? We will all face growth barriers, but we don’t have bow...
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The Youth Ministry Numbers that Matter Most

When it comes to church and youth ministry, numbers matter. They aren’t all that matters though. The question isn’t should we count; it’s what should we count? I don’t see this as a tension to resolve as much as it is a tension to manage. Churches that are anti numbers tend to be uninformed and unmotivated,...
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A Beginner’s Guide to Hiring

Hiring is hard, yet necessary. Few things are more important to the sustainability of a ministry than hiring the right people. Nevertheless, hiring the right people is difficult while finding the wrong ones is easier than catching the common cold. According to Craig Groeschel, the potential of an organization rests on the strength of its people. If...
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Three Priorities for a Growing Youth Ministry

What do growing youth ministries have in common? What makes them so healthy? What causes them to grow while others don't? I've never met a youth worker who didn't want their youth ministry to grow. That would be like finding a 5 year old that doesn't like cookies! It would be weird. However, even though we...
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